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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the sample of key stakeholdersa of the South African Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, April - May in 2015 (N = 144)

From: Survey of the perceptions of key stakeholders on the attributes of the South African Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System

Socio- demographic Characteristics N (%)
Age (years)
 25–34 14 (13 %)
 35–44 30 (27 %)
 45–54 31 (28 %)
 55–64 33 (30 %)
 65–69 3 (3 %)
Experience in NDSS (years)
 1–5 31 (27 %)
 6–10 24 (21 %)
 11–15 19 (17 %)
 16–20 13 (11 %)
 21–25 9 (8 %)
  > 25 18 (16 %)
Training in the NDSS 70 (61 %)
Duration of Training in NDSS
  < = 1 week 31 (46 %)
 2 to 4 weeks 21 (31 %)
 5 to 12 weeks 7 (10 %)
 13 to 26 weeks 3 (4 %)
 27 to 56 weeks 5 (7 %)
 57 to 104 weeks 1 (1 %)
Participation on NDSS Committees
 National Outbreak Response Team 46 (43 %)
 Provincial Outbreak Response Team 26 (25 %)
 Malaria Elimination Committee 21 (21 %)
 Surveillance Forum 22 (22 %)
 EPI Committee 19 (19 %)
Area of Responsibility
 Health Management 10 (9 %)
 Disease Detection 38 (33 %)
 Disease Control and Response 60 (53 %)
 Other 6 (5 %)
  1. NDSS notifiable disease surveillance system
  2. aNot all participants answered all questions, and some participated in more than one committee